About Movement Voter Fund
About Movement Voter Fund
Movement Voter Fund (MVF) helps funders deploy resources for greatest impact, by investing in grassroots groups working to advance democracy, equity, and sustainability in the United States.
Since 2016, MVF has moved tens of millions of nonpartisan dollars to hundreds of groups in over 40 states, securing hundreds of policy and budgetary victories at the federal, state, and local level — and hundreds of billions in federal funds for clean energy, poverty reduction, and more.
Movement Voter Fund (MVF) is a fund of Tides Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity nonprofit organization.
- Movement Voter Fund Overview (1 page)
- The Importance of Early Investment (1 page)
- 2022 Report to Funders (12 pages)
- 2023-2024 Memo: “Want to Save Democracy?” (20 pages)
- Capacity Building Program Overview (8 pages)
We often think of grassroots groups as small. Yet their impact is enormous — larger than many national groups and, in many ways, the major political parties.
MVF’s partners collectively train, develop, and deploy tens of thousands of local voter organizers who engage tens of millions of voters – with a focus on the most disenfranchised voters: young people, voters of color, and other marginalized communities.
They gain major policy wins on every issue and at each level of government. They punch above their weight. Yet they rarely get the credit or funds they deserve.
Funders face a conundrum: Who has time to do due diligence on thirty grassroots groups in, say, Wisconsin? Who has the capacity to administer and evaluate thirty additional grants?
MVF was created to solve this problem – to serve as an honest broker between national funders and local groups.
Movement Voter Fund’s work consists of four core “pillars” which uniquely position us to catalyze progress:
- Strategic Grantmaking: We advise hundreds of foundations, families, and individual donors on tailored giving, while also managing a major in-house grantmaking portfolio.
- On-the-Ground Research: Our grantmaking is guided by rigorous analysis and extensive research on the field of local community organizing in all 50 states. Our team of deeply-experienced, on-the-ground advisors is in constant touch with hundreds of local organizations, issue-based alliances, and coalitions across the country.
- Capacity Building and Technical Assistance: We supply extensive, tailored support to hundreds of local issue- and community-based partner organizations across the country, in the form of tech tools, consultant support, training and coaching, and more. Learn more about our Capacity Building Program »
- Alliance Building: We play a strategic and catalytic role in statewide civic organizing “ecosystems” to strengthen coordination and collaboration, identify gaps, address crises, and respond nimbly and strategically to emerging opportunities.
We focus on organizations whose work is deeply rooted in advancing racial, economic, gender, and environmental justice, as well as building the leadership and engagement of marginalized communities and providing them with the funds, skills, and support necessary to take their work to the next level.
Our model is based on partnerships. We partner with donors who want advice on how to invest in grassroots organizing and capacity building for under-resourced groups in the field. And we partner with grassroots organizations to support the deep organizing and civic engagement so critical to democracy.
Our local grassroots partners are rooted in their communities. Leaders build trust with the people in their communities, identify their priorities, inspire action to solve problems, and transform representative government from the streets to the halls of government.
We know where and who to fund because we listen to the experts: people in vulnerable communities who best know the challenges they face and the right solutions to those challenges.
Each year, our team of state advisors analyzes the field, works with partners and state organizations to develop strategic plans, and identifies the budget gaps faced by our partners. In turn, our donor team advises our donor partners on where and in which groups to invest their funds.
Although we fund hundreds of organizations across the country, our largest investments support c3-eligible voting rights, voter engagement, and election protection efforts.
This work is further strengthened by our vibrant Capacity Building Program, through which we offer and pay for critical support to our partners, ranging from organizational and leadership development to skills training to tech tools to safety and security.
The model works. MVF has helped and advised hundreds of donor and philanthropic partners to strategically move tens of millions of dollars to hundreds of local grassroots organizations in more than 40 states, enabling our partners to build power in communities across the country and make the promise of democracy real for all Americans. Our ecosystem continues to grow as we build stronger relationships with frontline organizations and support their needs.
MVF also has a 501(c)4 sister organization, Movement Voter Project, which enables us to provide legal support to leaders managing legally complex (c)(3)/(c)(4) tandem organizational structures as well.
While MVF and our local partners work on a wide range of issues, we believe that democracy is the ultimate “single” issue. There is no goal that can be achieved in the United States without a vibrant democracy, whether your priorities are sustaining the environment, improving education and social services, economic fairness, protecting the rights of immigrants and religious minorities, housing, mental health, reproductive and sexual rights, or any other issue. We must strengthen and expand our democracy. That means building it from the ground up by investing in local community-based organizations.
Please join us in supporting nonpartisan grassroots democratic organizing at the local level.